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Clean Air Impact Fellow

University of Birmingham - School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £31,406 to £40,927 full time starting salary range, with potential progression once in post to £43,434. Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th September 2021
Closes: 10th October 2021
Job Ref: 97320

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £31,406 to £40,927, with potential progression once in post to£43,434

Grade 7

Full Time/FTC for up to 2 years

Closing date – 10th October 2021

Are you interested in translating science into practice? This new role provides an opportunity to work on urban air quality that will make a real difference, delivering a portfolio of real-world projects and applications with external stakeholders such as the NHS, local authority and charity organisations authorities, to deliver measurable air quality/health related impact, in environmental, societal, economic or policy terms.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, innovative and self-motivated individual, with excellent communication and organisational skills to join the NERC-funded project WM-Air: Clean Air Science for the West Midlands (https://wm-air.org.uk/).  WM-Air is a 5-year programme to apply existing environmental, health and economic science expertise to improve air quality and health across the West Midlands.  The project supports a portfolio of case studies, working in collaboration with external stakeholders ranging from local authorities to SMEs.  We are looking for an Impact Fellow to work alongside our existing team, with a particular focus on the health benefits of different clean air scenarios.

You will have the ability to exploit the WM-Air and wider University of Birmingham science expertise, and apply and communicate this with external organisations in the context of their interests.  You will not be an expert in all areas of air quality / health – but will be able to effectively draw upon and leverage the expertise in the wider WM-Air team and translate this to partner interests.  The role will span technical, scientific aspects, to providing strategic/policy advice across the region.

Main Duties

The successful candidate will be responsible for delivering real world impacts across the West Midlands via a portfolio of collaborations with external partners, drawn from local authorities, WMCA, TfWM, NHS, consultancies, charity organisations, sector bodies and individual SMEs – and therefore will also be exposed to a wide-range of external stakeholders.

Skills and Knowledge

The successful candidate will be an excellent communicator and have an enthusiastic and innovative approach work, along with relevant air quality / health science experience, and an appreciation of the current air quality / health landscape. They will have the ability to translate science into policy and application with measurable impact as required by external stakeholders and partners, and take initiative to identify new opportunities. Due to the nature of the role, excellent interpersonal skills, including very strong communication and explanation skills are essential, and the ability to develop good rapport with both internal team members and external partners.

For further information please contact Professor William Bloss, W.J.Bloss@bham.ac.uk or Dr Suzanne Bartington, s.bartington@bham.ac.uk.

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